Officials: Elderly woman killed after grandson tried to beat train

(Photo: Times and Democrat)
(Photo: Times and Democrat)

ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - Officials say an 82-year-old woman is dead after her grandson tried to beat a train, but got stuck on the tracks Friday morning.

The accident happened around 11:15 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 601 and Sellers Avenue in Orangeburg.

According to Orangeburg Public Safety Captain Mike Adams, Susan Weatherford's grandson was driving toward the tracks when he passed another vehicle yielding the oncoming northbound Norfolk Southern train. As he was trying to the beat the train, their 1992 Nissan sedan got stuck on the tracks and the grandson got out of the car and ran, Adams said. 

The train hit the driver's side of the vehicle and pushed it about 80 yards before coming to a stop. Weatherford was unable to get out of the car and was ejected, officials said. She died at the scene.

The accident is under investigation by the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Accident Reconstruction Team and the preliminary investigation indicates that driver error was the main contributing factor for this accident, according to Adams.

Officials have not said if charges will be filed in the incident. 

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